June 14, 2007

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Blakeley Griffith has achieved the highest academic distinction in Lady Vol tennis history, being named ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America Thursday. She is one of just two players in the program to ever earn academic all-America status and the only netter to pick up first-team accolades.

"We are extremely proud of Blakeley for all that she accomplished during her four years at Tennessee," UT co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick said. "Her leadership both on the court and in the classroom was immeasurable and benefited our program greatly. I can say with great confidence that Blakeley will be very successful in all of her future endeavors."

This season, the Middleburg, Va., native, put together a solid 25-16 overall singles record from the top spot in the lineup, including 10 wins over nationally-ranked opponents, en route to Southeastern Conference First Team honors. She concluded her spectacular four-year career at Tennessee among the school's leaders in all-time singles and doubles victories. Griffith finished in a tie for 11th on the school's all-time singles win chart with a career record of 93-60 (.608). She is tied with Debbie Moringiello who amassed a 93-50 (.650) record from 1989-93. On the doubles list, Griffith ranks ninth with a career doubles record of 82-41 (.667).

In the classroom, Griffith finished her academic career with a cumulative 3.96 GPA, while earning a degree in English. She was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year on two occasions (2005 and 2007). Last year, she claimed ESPN The Magazine Third-Team Academic All-American accolades.

Griffith is one of only two players in the history of the Lady Vol tennis program to be named academic all-American. Emily Woodside also accomplished the feat, claiming GTE Second Team Academic All-America distinction in 1999.

FIRST TEAM - University Division
Jessica JaveletLouisvilleSr.4.00Marketing
Sarah ChrzanowskiEastern MichiganSr.4.00Elementary Education
Sara BauerWisconsinSr.3.97Kinesiology
Kristen HastrupAuburnJr.4.00Biomedical Science
Kristi MillerGeorgia TechJr.4.00History, Technology & Society
Brittney SchumannOklahomaSr.3.95Health & Exercise Science
Amanda BlumenherstDukeSo.3.78History
Stacy LewisArkansasJr.3.73Accounting/Finance
Kristin BrownPittsburghSr.4.00History of Art and Architecture
Blakeley GriffithTENNESSEESR.3.96ENGLISH
Karie WaltonDrexelSr.4.00Biological Science
Heidi HershbergerAmerican UniversityGr.4.00International Affairs: Foreign Policy
Jody YednockNorthern IllinoisSr.4.00Math, Probability and Statistics
Courtney KupetsGeorgiaSo.3.83Furnishings and Interiors
Kate BurdickMichigan StateJr.4.00Kinesiology





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